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(17) Kathryn Gress
Thu, 23 March 2017 01:29:54 +0000

2017 Award winners

Sandy Kelly/UPS Youth Scholarship, honoring a high school senior who has made a meaningful volunteer contribution.

Winner is Mia Bobenko

Mia has been volunteering at Gress Mountain Ranch for 8 years steadily and consistently even doing 8-10 hour shifts when needed. Mia has helped Kathryn in times of ER, going to the vet with a sick animal, helping with "treatments" for the animals, helping with an "enema for "Pyschokitty", or helping Kathryn give IV's to Andrew Alpaca or Clarence the turkey. Her true Love is Ranch Camp, "Caring for the Children" created by Kathryn. A summer day camp held several weeks in the summer with other volunteers and children from 2nd grade thru 12th grade. Mia has been able to train and orient new volunteers especially with "equestrian psychotherapy". This is all done with the supervision of Kathryn Gress, founder of TGMR. Mia has exceeded all the expectations and is extraordinary as a junior volunteer for TGMR. She is always available for the numerous fundraisers, and events to help "operate" TGMR. Mia is a "solid" foundation to assist the ranch to function with adverse weather, community outreach projects, working with those on probation, or helping to manage and coordinate our Open Gate Farm Tour and Ranch Camp for the children.
"Mia is my right and left hand lady, She has gone above and beyond the call of duty" says Kathryn Gress. Mia deserves to be recognized for this award. Recently, she was accepted to Delaware Valley University for veterinarian schooling. Mia's goal is to be a "large animal vet".

In Mia's words, "I consider Ranch Camp to be one of the most involved and rewarding events. Preparing for camp has taught me a lot about public relations, advertising, organization, and time management. Running camp itself has taught me leadership skills, more organization, building connections with the children and multitasking. The friendships and experiences we get to spend with the children is the most rewarding. Our campers are so amazing and have so much to teach us and it is a joy to be able to work with them and their amazing talents they bring with".
They all LOVE Mia! Mia has worked long and hard from being a very young girl at age 9yrs to the present day experiences and needs at TGMR. We are the most fortunate to have Mia as our "shining star" volunteer.

(16) Kathryn Gress
Wed, 10 February 2016 12:57:35 +0000

February 2016 - Can you feel it? Love is in the air! And love comes in all sorts of varieties. Whether it's spending time with your special someone by volunteering together, or helping those in your communitiy you've never even met, let's all share the love this month.

(15) Maryann
Wed, 13 January 2016 15:05:56 +0000

I saw your post on free-cycle (sorry, no microwave to donate ... I'm sure you will get one quickly thru f-c!) ... but was intrigued by what the post stated... so looked up your website. I'm still resettling into this area & job hunting, but have been on the look-out for potential volunteer opportunities. looking forward to getting back in touch with you once I'm in a position to make such a commitment.

(14) Kathryn Gress
Sat, 19 December 2015 01:42:07 +0000

Be An Angel Campaign is on and moving ahead...The Animals have 3 wishes. See the flyer on the home page...and help the animals. Thank YOU All!

(13) Kathryn
Thu, 29 October 2015 00:33:19 +0000

Animal-Assisted Activities with therapy animals, like at TGMR encourage reminiscence and social interaction and result in stress relief and incidental physio-therapy. Medical studies and research presents that blood pressure may be lowered and even hospital stays shortened when patients have access to the human-animal bond. Often, just helping the animals and "talking to the animals" can be the high point in your day and transform your mood and thought pattern. Animals of all types can certainly bring happiness and a sense of calm and well-being.

(12) Rachel Reahl
Fri, 2 October 2015 19:06:03 +0000

Hello, I'm interested in being an Animal Care Volunteer? How do I go about beginning that?

Thank you,
Rachel Reahl

(11) Kathryn Gress
Sun, 20 September 2015 00:49:20 +0000

FB friends, the race is very tight...Please Vote for Stanley Llama for Top Llama in the Pet Contest. GO! Yeah!

(10) Sophia Baez
Fri, 4 September 2015 20:35:54 +0000

❤️Sophia Baez❤️ "I've always felt more comfortable when I'm with animals, they seem to understand me better then anyone does."

(9) Kathryn Gress
Tue, 7 July 2015 13:24:58 +0000
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Come Join us at Applebee's July 25th Saturday from 8AM to 10AM. Help Support the Animals in Animals Helping People & People Helping Animals. Call us today for tickets at 610-398-2122. Thank you...The Animals NEED YOU!

(8) Kathryn Gress
Mon, 20 April 2015 03:40:47 +0000
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Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

You have two choices... smile and close this page,
or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson

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